A security manager who was almost four times over the alcohol limit when he was seen driving erratically on a motorway has escaped being sent to jail.
Keith Miller had 127 micrograms of alcohol in his body in the afternoon, a court was told – 35 microgrammes is the limit.
Miller, 42, of The Green, Eccleston, Chorley, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community by the court.
He was also put on a six week curfew from 9pm to 7am, banned from driving for 32 months and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received a report a Mondeo was being driven erratically on the M55 on January 17 at 4.30pm.
Officers saw the car weaving from side-to-side on Preston New Road and pulled it over.
Miller was unsteady on his feet and he smelt heavily of alcohol.
Steven Townley, defending, said Miller had been under great stress.
As well as working as a security firm relief manager he was the sole carrier for his bed-ridden mother, who was in her 80s, had cancer and suffered two strokes, Mr Townley told the court.
Mr Townley added: “He had been working in Morecambe. He had a drink and in a moment of madness decided to drive to Blackpool to see his girlfriend.”